VIDEO: Remembrance services in Bury’s Abbey Gardens to honour those who fought for our freedom

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Dignitaries, service personnel and veterans were among those who gathered in the Abbey Gardens for a series of remembrance services to honour those who fought for our freedom.

The services, conducted by Mayor of St Edmundsbury’s Chaplain The Very Reverend Canon Mark Hackeson, were held in the Rose Garden at memorials for the 94th Bombardment Group, Dunkirk, Normandy Veterans, the Royal Anglian Regiment and RAF Honington.

People gather in the Rose Garden, of the Abbey Gardens, in Bury St Edmunds, for the Remembrance Services ANL-161211-171731001

People gather in the Rose Garden, of the Abbey Gardens, in Bury St Edmunds, for the Remembrance Services ANL-161211-171731001

Those who gave readings included the Mayor Cllr Julia Wakelam, Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill, Deputy Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Terry Clements and Vice Chairman of Bury Town Council Cllr Frank Warby.

Wreaths were laid by the mayor, the Royal British Legion, Dunkirk Veterans Association, Normandy Veterans Association, Viking Family Support Group and a representative from RAF Honington.

David Kemp, chairman of the Bury branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “Every year these services become more important because we have conflicts around the world.

“We should always remember the sacrifices made by our forefathers for our freedom.”

The Remembrance Services in the Rose Garden ANL-161211-171656001

The Remembrance Services in the Rose Garden ANL-161211-171656001

Cllr Wakelam said: “If we don’t remember those who have fought for us then we are betraying them and their values. People fought against fascism and we must never forget why we went to war.

“We’re not just remembering the Great War and Second World War, we’re remembering the countless service people who have died since.”

There will be a parade and wreath laying, attended by past and present service people, on Angel Hill from 10.30am tomorrow.

It is followed by a remembrance service in St Mary’s Church at 11.30am.

The Remembrance Services in the Rose Garden ANL-161211-171707001

The Remembrance Services in the Rose Garden ANL-161211-171707001

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill gives a reading at the Dunkirk Memorial ANL-161211-171718001

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill gives a reading at the Dunkirk Memorial ANL-161211-171718001

Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Julia Wakelam lays a wreath ANL-161211-171741001

Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Julia Wakelam lays a wreath ANL-161211-171741001